In Edinburgh, the cold weather has officially arrived, and it’s only going to get chillier. That’s why this month we thought that we would share some heating tips and tricks to help you keep your home and business premises warm this winter. Take a read below, and if you know of any more heating hacks, do let us know on Facebook or Instagram – we would love to hear from you.
Be clever with curtains
A lot of warmth escapes from the home through your windows. Thankfully, curtains act as insulation for your windows, and if we are clever about how we use them, curtains can significantly improve the amount of heat we retain in our property.
Thick curtains are great for keeping rooms warm. Like secondary glazing, thick curtains stop the movement of air, creating an effective layer of insulation. Thermal curtains are perfect, or for a cheaper alternative just add an extra layer of lining to your curtains using cheap fleece or a similar material.
The trick is not to close your curtains all day. Even on cold days, the sun is still warm and the sunlight will bring in natural heat to your home. So open up those curtains during the day to capture as much natural warmth from the sun as possible. Of course, remember to close them as soon as the sun goes down to avoid any heat escaping.
Draught-proof your windows and doors
Who wants a draught inside their home in winter? Nobody. That’s why it’s important that all windows and doors are well insulated to ensure that heat is retained within your property, and no cold-air is seeping in from outside.
Draughts are common in old, single-glazed windows, and whether your doors are old or new they can still be affected. Both windows and doors can benefit from fitting self-adhesive rubber seals – a simple and affordable DIY task.
For your doors, apply the seals between the door and the frame. For the gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor, you can buy a special brush or hinged-flap draught excluder that will work wonders. As for your windows, apply the draught-proofing strips to the window frame to minimise any potential gaps. It’s as simple as that!
The tin foil trick
A lot of the heat from the back of your radiators will be disappearing through the closest wall or window. Now that’s really not much use, and is exactly why this age-old trick exists.
By adding tin foil to the wall side of each of your radiators, heat can be reflected back into your room, keeping your room (and you!) warmer this winter. There is foil designed specifically for this purpose that is inexpensive, however a decent kitchen foil will also work well.
The easiest way to install it is to cut a T-shaped bit of thin cardboard and wrap the foil around it with the shiny side facing outwards. Then simply place the cardboard behind your radiator. The T-shape should allow you to sit the cardboard comfortably on your radiator brackets holding it in place.
Roll out the rugs
Believe it or not, but rugs can have a huge impact on the heat inside a property. While wooden floors look lovely, they also account for up to 10% of a home’s heat loss.
Putting down a rug on any wooden floors in your property, won’t only look good, but will also help you keep warm and cosy. Rugs help to mitigate any heat loss through the floorboards, and also have the added benefit of keeping your toes toasty.
Turn down the dial
This tip may sound a little counter-intuitive, but it works!
The World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C for the living room, but Public Health England revised this to 18°C back in 2014. Since then, research has shown that by turning your thermostat down by only 1°C, you could cut your heating bill by up to 10%. That is a pretty hefty saving!
By turning your heating down just that little bit, you can save money and avoid the negative impacts of a cold home. Now, that’s a big win!
Out with the old, and in with the new
What exactly are we replacing? Doors and windows, of course. If your windows or doors are aging significantly, or maybe you’ve just never replaced them, this should be rectified now before temperatures plummet.
In winter, properties can be damaged and worn by the unpredictable weather including storms, rain, ice, wind, and snow. This means it’s important to keep your external fixtures and fittings, including windows and doors, well maintained during the winter months to ensure they can withstand the winter. They’ll not only help keep your property’s temperature nice and toasty, new windows and doors will minimise draughts, keep you safe and secure, and also save you money on your heating bills.
If you’re considering your windows or doors this winter, get in touch with us here for a free no-obligation quote today.